Olympus Japan has issued an apology for distributing digital cameras with malware infected internal memory cards. An estimated 1,700 Stylus Tough 6010 digital compact cameras were shipped with pre-infected memory cards, according to researchers at Sophos.
The malware does not pose any problems for the camera itself but instead uses the USB connection to infect computers when the camera is hooked up.
“In other words, users are at risk of infecting their Windows computers with the autorun worm when they plug the device into their USB drive,” according to a blog post by a Sophos researcher.
The malware did not infect all Stylus Tough 6010 cameras and users can use a widget on the Olympus website to check if their camera is one of those possibly infected.